Katy Rose Likes To Say No Paperback – November 6, 2015
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From the Author
It is perfectly normal for small children to go through a "no" phase. It is how they begin to assert their independence and influence over those around them. As relatively powerless beings subject to adult authority, saying "no" is often their first taste of power. This book attempts to teach children that such negative power, directed at friends and family, can have unhappy results leading to bad feelings all around, and that cooperation and positivity can foster bonding with and nurturing from others.
The illustrations are cut-paper art. It is a technique I learned in the mid 1950s when I was seven years old, growing up in Roosevelt, NJ. I was at a friend's house when a neighbor popped in ... a teenager named Susie Shahn, daughter of artist Ben Shahn. She sat down on the floor with us kids, cut many pieces of construction paper into random shapes, and had us arrange the pieces into images on blank pages. I've loved doing it ever since. At the end of the book are instructions for you and your child to make your own such creations.
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 6, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1518795366
- ISBN-13 : 978-1518795367
- Reading age : 5 - 6 years
- Item Weight : 1.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.08 x 8 inches
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The illustrations -- all created from the same set of 127 randomly cut paper scraps rearranged to make each new picture -- are clever and amazingly expressive. The art will likely inspire kids (and parents) to get creative and make their own scrap-art illustrations while having great conversations about alternatives to always saying "No!" Fortunately, the author has included instructions at the conclusion of the story so that parents and kids can do their own fun cut-paper art activity together.
I recommend this book for preschoolers up through kindergartners. Thank you to the author for providing me a print copy in exchange for my honest review -- the only kind I give. If you like this review, visit my blog Hall Ways for book views, reviews, and news you can use - or not. [...]
By Norman W. Wilson on November 7, 2015
Katy Rose doesn't realize how much her word choice hurts the ones she loves until she almost loses her friend. Can Katy Rose expand her vocabulary with new words that will bring joy to those around her before she hurts anyone else?
As a mother of four I have certainly heard my share of "no's" and can certainly identify with Katy Rose's parents. I know toddlers like to express their independence and this story is a great example of that. The author also does a wonderful job of teaching children what can happen with they choose to use positive words and do as their parents ask.
The illustrations are original and engaging. The fact that they are created from the same randomly cut 127 pieces of construction paper absolutely amazes me. I found myself trying to figure out where each piece from the previous illustration was used in the next.
Katy Rose Likes to Say NO! is a sweet and beautifully illustrated tale that both parents and children will enjoy.
I recommend picking up a copy.
Parents will love this quick read with a message. Simple rhythmic sentences are easy for beginners. Young readers will find a cut-paper project in the back of the book. This would be an excellent guide and discussion project for any classroom.